Phyllis Ginger

PHYLLIS GINGER (1907-2005)

Haxted Mill, River Eden  1942

ink and watercolour

signed, dated, and inscribed with title

7 x 8 ins (18 x 19.5 cm)


Haxted Mill, in Edenbridge, Surrey, is now a restaurant.


Painter, printmaker and illustrator, Ginger studied at Richmond School of Art and at the Central School of Art from 1937-1939. An accomplished topographical artist, she was invited to take part in the Recording Britain project; this initiative was a home front equivalent of the of the Official War Artists scheme, inviting artists to make their own choice of subjects to record that might be destroyed by enemy action. She produced more than 1,500 watercolours and drawings, now housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum. After the war, she was commissioned to illustrate books, and took on portrait commissions. As a printmaker, she was elected a member of the Senefelder Club (for lithography), and she became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1956. She lived in St John’s Wood, with her husband, the silversmith Leslie Durbin, whom she married in 1940. Her meticulous, detailed style continued a tradition of English topographical watercolour painting, with delicate pencil drawing overlaid with transparent washes of colour. Her work is held in many museum and gallery collections, including the V&A, British Museum, and the Museum of London